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Knik Construction put the pieces back together after Alaska quake in November

Posted on Tue, Jan 29, 2019

Knik Road FixA 7.0 magnitude earthquake rattled Anchorage at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 30. Shortly after Alaskans were back to their routine in part due to how quickly Knik Construction mobilized to fix the many roads that collapsed – especially the section of highway that carries traffic from the Kenai Peninsula and Anchorage to the Anchorage airport.

Within an hour of the quake, Knik President Dan Hall placed a call to the Alaska Department of Transportation (AKDOT) offering to assist in the repair of eight breaks in essential travel that were deemed highest priority for transportation. "Within two hours of getting the go-ahead to start work on the northbound Minnesota Highway Exit at International Airport Road and a small stretch of road in the Soldotna area, Knik employees were ready to go to work," Dan explains. Just 72 hours after the earthquake and despite 4.0 aftershocks, Knik crews repaired the collapsed highway, paved it, striped it and opened it to the traveling public. "Knik’s ability to react in this timely and professional manner is a testament to the people that we employ. The credit goes to our team that jumped in to help," Dan says.

Paving in the winter isn’t ideal, but if done quickly, heat can be retained in the asphalt mix to allow for proper compaction and to give the surface treatment a chance for long-term success. "Knik crews worked alongside our subcontractor McKenna Brothers in the paving process and completed a very successful project," Dan says.
Earthquake screen shot - we will rebuild!
"As always, Lynden people have responded professionally and proactively and, once again, they make us all proud," says Chairman Jim Jansen. The quick response and excellent repair work drew national attention from CNN, USA Today and AP News and went ‘viral’ online. The before and after pictures became an internet sensation and sparked questions about their authenticity. The story was so unbelievable, that even the online urban legend site Snopes had to fact check it. 

The story was also used as an example of Alaskans’ resilience in the face of Mother Nature and as a blueprint for other states to get highway projects done quickly by working together with multiple agencies.

Lynden offices weathered the 1964 Alaska earthquake and faced the Nov. 30 incident with the same can-do attitude. Jim Jansen shared the following from that day. "The wild ride that morning resulted in most of our employees going home to check on their families and homes. With road closures, parents getting kids from schools and people trying to get home, it was a traffic mess," he says. "By noon the airport was open and most of our people got to their homes and found the damage was cosmetic with fallen ceiling tiles, tables and pictures on the floor and broken glass. Some had water lines leaking and a few gas leaks. By afternoon, Anchorage businesses, including Lynden, began to function and the emotion and fear subsided." The Lynden facilities, including marine facilities in Anchorage, Kenai, Whittier, Cordova and Valdez, all fared well and were structurally operational.

Knik is continuing its AKDOT work into the new year to repair highway road failures in Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula.

Knik Construction received letters and drawings from the kindergarten class of Campbell STEM Elementary in Anchorage for the quick repair of essential roads. Each student wrote a thank you and created construction-related artwork. The notes were presented to Knik as part of the school’s Day of Caring.

Tags: Disaster Relief, Knik Construction

Lynden Air Cargo answers the call for emergency aid

Posted on Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Hurricane response - LAC with sandbags on tarmac.jpgLynden Air Cargo answered the call on Sept. 8 to mobilize relief flights for Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria. "We began flights into the Caribbean on Sept. 17 once there was a clear identification of needs," explains Rick Zerkel, Lynden Air Cargo President. Lynden is currently under contract with Diplomat Freight Services (DFS) to provide continued air support for sites in the Caribbean.

"Logistics have been a challenge as there has been limited information on which airports are open and have uncontaminated fuel supplies," Rick says. "Some of the islands have completely lost power. Hotels have also been hard to find in some of these locations because they are still being used as shelters for families who cannot go back to their homes or sustained damage during the storms. We have also had to pause flying when Hurricanes Maria and Juan hit the Caribbean a second and third time – on occasion flying around the storms to get to any locations we could."

Lynden Air Cargo has been conducting flights through DFS, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Red Cross and other supporting agencies and governments to bring in food, water, trucks, fuel and other disaster response supplies. "We anticipate we will be flying continuously for quite some time – there is no indication that it will be slowing down any time soon," Rick says.

As of late September, Lynden aircraft have flown to the following locations based out of Curacao, Aruba and Miami: St. Martin, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, St. Croix, Grand Turk Island and Providenciales Island (a part of the Caicos Islands). The company is especially grateful to their flight crew and flight operations staff who have performed admirably while working under constantly changing conditions with limited information.

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo, Relief Efforts, Disaster Relief

Lynden Air Cargo flies aid to Vanuatu after cyclone devastates islands

Posted on Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Lynden Air Cargo HerculesLynden Air Cargo’s L-100 Hercules aircraft is being put to use flying relief supplies to Vanuatu after Tropical Cyclone Pam devastated the South Pacific Islands March 13. Communications company Digicel Fiji chartered a Lynden Air Cargo plane from Nadi, Fiji, to the capital city of Port Vila within days of the cyclone. It was loaded with food rations and technical equipment to repair towers and networks to restore communications throughout the islands. Now working with the World Food Programme (WFP), Lynden continues to pick up more supplies from Brisbane, Australia, for air delivery to Port Vila in support of humanitarian efforts.

“We are coordinating flights as quickly as possible in cooperation with government authorities,” says Rick Zerkel, Lynden Air Cargo President. “With 65,000 people left homeless from Cyclone Pam, there is an urgent need for relief supplies. We are committed to helping in any way we can for as long as our services are needed.”

Lynden Air Cargo Disaster ReliefLynden operates a fleet of six Hercules around the world specializing in remote site services and requiring minimal equipment for loading and offloading. The unique features of the aircraft make it ideal for flying aid into isolated disaster areas. Lynden Air Cargo has provided disaster relief assistance at some of the world's worst disasters, including the Haiti earthquake in 2011 and the Indonesian earthquake and Samoan tsunami in 2009. Working with the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), the Red Cross and the U.S. Military, Lynden has delivered emergency vehicles, portable hospitals, food, water and relief workers to ravaged areas across the globe.

Lynden Air Cargo is one of the Lynden family of companies, whose combined capabilities include shipping to Alaska, truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, barge service to Hawaii and Alaska, charter barges, worldwide air and ocean forwarding, third-party logistics, trade show shipping, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered Hercules L-382 cargo aircraft and multi-modal logistics. Lynden companies are repeat winners in the annual Quest for Quality awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.


Tags: Community Service, International shipping, Lynden Air Cargo, Disaster Relief

Lynden Air Cargo (PNG) flies supplies and food to flood victims

Posted on Tue, Aug 28, 2012

PNG newspaperIn June of this year, more than 29,000 people in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea were affected by flooding caused by heavy rains. In the township of Daru, flood waters destroyed homes and gardens leaving the victims without food, water and shelter. Lynden Air Cargo (PNG) Ltd. provided a charter to fly rice and other emergency supplies to the people of Daru. “We flew from Port Moresby to Daru,” says Captain Chris Nichols.  “The people were very excited to see us come in. The locals unloaded the first half of the airplane by hand into trucks, then a fork lift showed up and we unloaded the rest.”  Martin Mose, Director of the National Disaster Management Office praised Lynden for its assistance to the people of Daru, and for its contribution to help the government and the nation recover from the disaster. It’s estimated that the people of Daru will have to depend on relief supplies for up to three months until they can grow their own food.

Tags: International shipping, Lynden Air Cargo, Disaster Relief

Lynden Air Cargo supports Gulf response efforts

Posted on Thu, Dec 30, 2010

Lynden Air Cargo’s N403LC is shown here on one of the 81 aerial oil-dispersant missions Lynden flew in support of BP’s Deepwater Horizon response efforts in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year.

Dispersant flights
Dispersant flights

Dispersant flights - back view
View from inside the plane

The first L-382G began flying missions in April, followed by the second aircraft, N401LC, in June. Both aircraft finished work in the gulf in July when the well was permanently capped. Flights operated out of Stennis International Airport in Mississippi. Chief Pilot and Captain Mike Redmon and 35 Lynden Air Cargo employees were involved in the project.

Lynden Air Cargo has helped with disaster relief all around the world, including relief flights to Haiti in early 2010 and delivering emergency supplies to Samoa and Indonesia after the earthquakes in late 2009.

Tags: Hercules, Lynden Air Cargo, Relief Efforts, Disaster Relief, Alaska

Executive Perspective: Lynden's Disaster Response

Posted on Thu, Jun 24, 2010

Like many, I was keeping updated on the terrible situation in Haiti earlier this year via the evening news. I immediately recognized the yellow "L" of Lynden Air Cargo's plane in Port-au-Prince. It got me thinking... Over the years, Lynden International has grown into a global company with offices on every continent. News of devastating events like the January earthquake in Haiti, and more recently in China and Chile, are always upsetting to hear about, but they hit us especially hard as we often have employees and partners working in these locations.

Last year our sister company, Lynden Air Cargo, began flying relief missions to Samoa and Indonesia to deliver medical supplies, food and other essential cargo after the earthquake and tsunami. Just a few months later, Lynden Air Cargo was one of the first responders after the Haiti earthquake, and it is ready to use its Hercules aircraft to aid other countries if future disasters strike.

On a smaller scale, our employees organized an effort to donate money to help Haiti. Lynden offered to match each employee's contribution up to $100 at all of the Lynden companies, not just Lynden International. In just a few weeks, thousands of dollars were collected; half was sent to Mercy Corps and the other half to the American Red Cross. A total of 80 employees from 11 different Lynden companies donated.

It's a big world, but it becomes much smaller when disaster strikes. We are reminded very quickly of our shared humanity. This spills over into business, too.

Good customer service is essentially taking care of people and their needs - whether it's helping strangers after a disaster or working with a customer on a complicated logistics solution. We think we're pretty good at both.

Randy Jackson - Lynden International  Randy Jackson
  Executive Vice President
  Lynden International

Tags: Lynden International, International shipping, Lynden Air Cargo, Relief Efforts, Disaster Relief

Photos from Haiti: Relief flight pictures (taken by a Lynden employee)

Posted on Tue, Feb 16, 2010

Lynden employee Tim O'Brian recently flew down to Haiti on a Lynden Air Cargo relief flight. He took a number of photos from the ground in Haiti, and was kind enough to share his experiences. Several photos are shown below, and you can view all of Tim's pictures here (this link will take you to a Kodak photo gallery).

Haiti relief flights - Herc unloading

Haiti relief flights - damaged pier

Haiti relief flights - tent city

Haiti relief flights - on the ground

Learn more about Lynden's involvement with relief flights to Haiti.

Other relief flight blog posts - including flight experiences shared by Lynden Air Cargo's captains and crew - can be viewed here.

Tags: International shipping, Lynden, Lynden Air Cargo, Relief Efforts, Disaster Relief

Captain's Blog: Relief flights to Haiti - Experiences of Captain James Wallace and the Aircrew of 405

Posted on Fri, Jan 22, 2010

Captain James Wallace and his Lynden Air Cargo crew recently flew to Haiti as part of the disaster relief flight efforts. Captain Wallace shares his experiences and photos from their trip to Haiti:

Captain James Wallace - Haiti Relief Flight Experiences

The disaster events of January 12th to the country of Haiti is proving to be a daunting Overhead shot of Haititask for the entire world community. Lynden Air Cargo in coordination with USAID and countless others is accomplishing the goal of providing seamless support to the Haitian community. The result of this tireless effort ultimately is saving lives. As a crew we were fortunate enough to be part of this great effort. The ground crews of Lynden and USAID in both Washington-Dulles and Haiti displayed unparalleled team work, that ultimately assisted the flight crews to maintain the highest standard.

Upon arrival into Haitian airspace the calamity of events was apparent. All air traffic control was maintained by 1 man with 1 radio. His professionalism kept control of an incredible situation. In the 2 hoursRelief flights - unloading in Haiti that we spent on the ground 50 aircraft came and went.  The airport ramp is no larger than 5 football fields that services a runway with one taxiway. Up to 20 aircraft from DC-3's to 767's littered the ramp at any given time. People strewn the ramp assisting others unloading and loading aircraft in order for them to return with more aid.

The coming days will be a daunting task for all who are aiding Haiti. The high standard of Lynden Air Cargo and USAID begins with everyone, including the Loadmasters, Mechanics, Dispatchers, Aircrew, and the countless others that it takes to operate at this level of merit.

We say thank you,

The Aircrew of 405

Captain James Wallace, Robert Willoughby, Billy Miller, Bob Lesko, and Ted Pederson

Photos: 1) Lynden Air Cargo's N405LC on approach into Haiti. 2) On the ground in PAP offloading supplies to UN.

To learn more about Lynden's Haiti relief flight involvement, please visit our relief flights information page.

Related Blog Posts:
Relief flights to Haiti: Captain Chris Caden shares his experiences
Relief flights to Haiti: Inspirational experience on the ground

Tags: International shipping, Hercules, Lynden Air Cargo, Relief Efforts, Disaster Relief, Pilot Experiences, Crew Experiences

Relief flights to Haiti: Inspirational experience on the ground

Posted on Fri, Jan 22, 2010

Loadmaster Bob Lesko is part of a Lynden Air Cargo crew that recently flew to Haiti as part of the disaster relief flight efforts. Bob shared an inspirational story about his experience in Haiti:

Loadmaster Bob Lesko - Haiti Experience

I have a little story for you on Haiti. On my last flight there I was greeted by the USAID rep and asked him for a couple of individuals to help with the offload. Haiti relief flights - Haiti locals helping to unload HercFifteen minutes later he returned with about 15 strong individuals, all local residents that they recruited. Well, some of them had seen pictures of airplanes but had never have been on an aircraft, period. So I took a little extra time to offload and had groups of 4 at a time come up and help and after we finished we all got together for a 15 minute photo shoot.

The faces and laughter that came from these people was priceless, especially after all they have gone through. It was terrific to share with them the little I had to offer and the memories that I will come home with will be treasured.

Bob Lesko
Lynden Air Cargo, LLC

Photo: Haiti locals helping to unload a Lynden Air Cargo Hercules aircraft (photo courtesy of Northern Air Cargo).

To learn more about Lynden's Haiti relief flight involvement, please visit our relief flights information page. 

Related Blog Posts
Relief flights to Haiti: Experiences of Captain James Wallace and the Aircrew of 405
Relief flights to Haiti: Captain Chris Caden shares his experiences

Tags: International shipping, Hercules, Lynden Air Cargo, Relief Efforts, Disaster Relief, Crew Experiences

Captain's Blog: Relief flights to Haiti - Captain Chris Caden shares his experiences

Posted on Wed, Jan 20, 2010

Captain Chris Caden is a Lynden Air Cargo pilot who recently flew to Haiti as part of the disaster relief logistics efforts. Captain Caden was kind enough to send several paragraphs and pictures describing his experiences in Haiti:

Captain Chris Caden - Haiti Relief Mission Report - 1/14/2010

Everyone at USAID has been super friendly to work with.Relief flights to Haiti - Hercules cargo plane

Upon arriving at IAD our crew was replacing the previous crew coming back from Lynden's first flight into PAP, lead by Capt. James Wallace. Loading of our Herc was already in progress when we got to the airplane.

We took off from Washington-Dulles Intl Airport (IAD) at about 4 am for our 4 1/2 hour flight to Port Au Prince (PAP), Haiti. When we began our approach to the airport it was very apparent that we weren't the only ones bringing relief supplies. Relief flight to Haiti - Lynden Air CargoThe earthquake had taken out all services at the airport, including radar and ATC (Air Traffic Control) capabilities, which created very difficult conditions for the authorities, but they handled the extraordinary amount of inbound air traffic to Haiti commendably. We were placed number 13 in a list of planes to land and held in a pattern overhead before we diverted to Puerto Plata (POP), Dominican Republic to get more fuel and give it another try. After obtaining clearance to take off and head back to PAP we encountered yet another delay that had us circling overhead PAP again, but we finally landed and offloaded our supplies.

Might I add that the main reason for the delays really isn't because of the lack of radar or modern ATC control, it's the lack of ramp space and movement. PAP's ramp, terminal and taxiway were built to handle a Disaster relief logistics - Haiti air terminalhalf-dozen flights per hour, and now with relief needs, are tasked with handling 3 times that much traffic. The best way I can describe it is a four-lane interstate highway being cut down to one lane.

The people from USAID met our plane once we parked and off-loaded most everything by hand. As you can imagine forklifts were in great demand with few and far between available. Everything from small helicopters to Boeing 767's were parked tightly on the ramp. The terminal building was abandoned with large visible cracks in the structure and the control tower's windows had all been shattered and busted Disaster relief logistics - USAID in Haitiout. The runway, taxiway and ramp all seemed to be in surprisingly good shape, thank goodness. We were on the ground for an hour and 45 minutes before we headed back to POP for fuel and our return trip to Denver.

I'd like to recognize everyone on the Disaster Relief Team in Washington, DC for all their efforts and coordination concerning our flight into Haiti, and I'd like to thank my crew, Randall Sanderson (FO), James Seefeldt (FE), Ted Pederson (MX) and Bob Lesko (LM) for their extraordinary efforts and professionalism. Without their dedication to the job, this simply would not have been a success.

Chris Caden
Captain/Check Airman L-382G
Lynden Air Cargo, LLC

Photos: 1) N405LC waiting in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. 2) Aerial view of PAP. 3) Terminal building and control tower in Port Au Prince. 4) USAID personnel offloading cargo in PAP.


To learn more about Lynden's Haiti relief flight involvement, please visit our relief flights information page.


Related Blog Posts:
Relief flights to Haiti: Experiences of Captain James Wallace and the Aircrew of 405
Relief flights to Haiti: Inspirational experience on the ground

Tags: International shipping, Hercules, Lynden Air Cargo, Relief Efforts, Disaster Relief, Pilot Experiences

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